Playful Parenting – More than Just Fun and Games

Early childhood educators have called play “children’s work”. Many parents believe their children should be doing something more productive than merely having fun. But, actually, play fosters physical, emotional, intellectual and social development. Encouraging your child to play is vital for his development as well as his happiness.

What is Play?

The dictionary refers to play as recreation. Recreation is a very significant word in building and sustaining strong families. If you capitalize and hyphenate this important word it becomes Re-Creation. This is exactly what having fun with your family by playing games and sharing activities can do. Playing together can recreate your family. It can revitalize, rejuvenate and inspire with energy, life and laughter. It can offer the whole families another chance to connect on a level that you perhaps are not connecting on right now.

We frequently consider play only as the opposite of work, thus we can only have fun when the work is done. I propose that we incorporate play into work sometimes and other times we spend time re-creating ourselves before or after the chores have been accomplished. It is amazing how energized everyone will be after a game of tag in the yard. You will be astounded at how quickly the dishes get done when everyone knows it is a Monopoly or UNO night.

Use Imagination and energy to have fun

In past generations, kids learned to create fun by using personal resources-imagination and energy. We were outside running, jumping, building and creating for hours and hours. Our play usually ended only when our mothers called us in for dinner or a bath.

Today’s child is generally programmed with a fully scheduled week of lessons and highly competitive adult managed and supervised sports. Any free time is spent passively watching television leaving little opportunity to develop creativity and initiative.

By establishing a time to “play” you are stimulating your children’s creativity and imagination. Children who learn early to take initiative for providing their own entertainment are less likely in the future to depend on artificial stimulants to “turn themselves on.”

Establish a Family Fun Night

Many of us are employed in highly stressful jobs and the list of stress-related illnesses grows daily. The more stressed and cranky we are, the less our children want to be around us. By planning quality time spent just fooling around with our kids, the whole family will come out a winner.

As the characteristics of the family have changed over the years with more mothers working outside the house and fathers expected to play a greater role in the child rearing, it is a perfect opportunity to incorporate with the whole family a special time. But how about the many step-families, one-parent families and transient families who move frequently and live far from extended family? This is a method for creating unity and making the most of time together.

The family unit defines who we are and shapes our character. It is in the family dynamic that we learn the important lessons of self-discipline, the art of compromise, cooperation, forgiveness, honesty and fair play. By sharing activities on a regular basis we can teach by example as well as with verbal and non-verbal clues. There is a sense of safety in learning life skills in the family setting and then incorporating them into the real world. We know we will always be loved, even if we do strike out or make a mistake or look foolish sometimes.

Many children are being raised by the television.

Oh sure, they might have moms and dads who pay the rent, fix the meals, and drive them to sports practice, but essentially they are learning their standards, morals and ethics from a 24 inch box in their bedroom or the family room.

Mary Pittaway, registered dietician who heads up the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program in our community has said “children spend eight hours sleeping, two hours eating, five hours at school, 6 hours watching TV, less than one hour in physical activity, three hours engaged in other activities and five minutes in meaningful conversation with their parents on any given day.”

Kids who spend too much time in front of a TV or video game are at risk for a great many health concerns, especially type II diabetes, which is skyrocketing among young children. Overweight children are more vulnerable to high blood pressure, gall bladder disease, asthma, and bone and joint problems.

What happens when children don’t have play time?

The most devastating result of inactivity and obesity in our children is an emotional cycle of low self-esteem. The less they like themselves, the less likely they are to participate in sports or be active physically-the very thing that could help them. We can lecture them about the benefits of activity, but they will listen and participate more readily if the whole family is involved and it doesn’t single them or their problem out.

For a free report on “Helping Your Child Fit In” go to my website http://www.ArtichokePress.com. In that report you will find that one of the major problems facing left out kids is the inability to play with others. Many classroom and playground problems of fitting in, being clumsy, perceptual-motor skills, social and emotional inadequacies, may be prevented or lessened by parents developing a time to do movement activities, which means in common language, play with their infants and children on an on-going basis.

Will play help your child succeed in life?

The games and activities you share as a family does not automatically guarantee better communication, healthier bodies and minds or a close-knit family. However, being available, approachable, and willing to step out of your comfort zone will insure a higher chance of children who succeed in life.

All of these activities are just vehicles to bring you and your child into close contact for a period of time where barriers are down and talking and laughing are up. Conversations and meaningful dialog will follow, maybe not right away, but kids recognize that you are willing to relax and spend time with them.

They don’t want you as a pal but they do need you as a friend. Best friends play, laugh and hang out together frequently. They build bonds of loyalty, respect and love that last forever. Playful parenting is more than just fun and games. Come on; let’s go kick the ball around the back yard.

Uses of Load Cells

Load cells are available in a variety of shapes, sizes and capacities and are now the industry standard for all types of weighing. This can be a bit of a minefield trying to find the correct load cell for your application. I have listed some of the most commonly found today and their uses.

Single Point – Single point is probably the cheapest and most popular type on the market today. Because of their price and reliability, they can be found in most types of retail scales, weighing scales, medical scales, parcel scales, and postal scales. This type of load cell can also be used in platform scales and industrial weighing systems to provide accurate readings regardless of the position of the load on the platform, reducing manufacturing costs.

Tube type – The tube type has been around for a long time and is likely to become the industry standard for most high capacity compression applications. Tube type load cells are used for single and multi weighing applications. This type of cell has buttons on the top and bottom sides and can only be used in compression. Tube-type load cells are used in tank scales, ship weighing applications, axle scales, truck scales, vehicle scales and weighbridges. Tube type load cells offer accurate weighing in harsh environments.

Double Ended Shear Beams – For medium to high capacity applications, double ended shear beams offer a number of advantages over other designs. This type has the ability to sway on the stand to accommodate misalignments in the mounting surface while still being maintained, it also allows limited movement to allow thermal expansion and contraction as well as lifting protection. This cell type is also available as a weighing module kit.

Single End Shear Beams – Single ended shear beams are commonly found in all types of floor, platform and shipping scales today and provide the ideal solution for most medium capacity weighing applications. The single end shear cell has the ability to withstand full capacity side loads without any problems which makes it particularly suitable for weighing systems with mixers, blenders and agitators. This type is very durable but can be expensive and impractical to install above 10,000 kg. This cell type is also available as a weighing module.

Tension Links – Tension links are suitable for applications such as winching, hanging scales, crane scales and lifting systems. This type of load cell offers superior accuracy in high capacity weighing. This type of cell has openings at both ends for easy connection to shackles, wire ropes, D links, or other rigging. Tension link load cells provide a robust design for resistance to side loading.

Torque Rings – Torque rings are a relatively new design concept and provide an excellent low profile solution for a wide range of weighing applications. Unlike standard compression load cells, which can easily suffer from off-axis loading problems, the torsion ring is loaded via an annular ring located in the middle. By using a central float pin to transmit the load to this ring, optimal load recognition is ensured and off-axis loads of up to three or four degrees can be tolerated without loss of performance. Exclusive mounting modules, which offer great versatility, are now available for process weighing and platform weighing applications.

Weighing Modules – Weighing modules generally consist of load cells with mounting kits. Many types now come supplied as modules but generally single or double shear beam and tube types are the industry standard. Load cell weighing modules are used in tank scales, silo weighing, ship weighing applications, axle scales, truck scales, vehicle scales and weighbridges.

Wireless – All of the above has one major drawback; they are connected to the device via a cable. One of the main problems with weighbridges or floor scales is the possibility of damaged cables. Using the latest technology, wireless, load cells are now available and could one day become the industry standard. All of the above load cells are now available in wireless format, although this technology is very expensive.

Type S – Type S gets their name from their shape, being the letter ‘S’. S type load cells can provide digital output when used in either tension or compression and provide superior side load rejection. This type of cell has two female threaded mounting points, the top and bottom are where eye bolts or threaded rod ends can be attached. This type is used in crane scales, hanging scales, hoist scales, and most tension applications.

Business Manager – Vital Cog in Business Enterprises

A Business Manager is a professional who is entrusted with the job of managing a business firm or a corporate enterprise or a private enterprise on behalf of a company or individual with the outcome of earning profits and revenues. There are several areas where a Business Manager can use his or her knowledge and expertise to serve – accounting, auditing, budgeting and taxes, data processing and analysis, finance, HR and personnel, marketing and public relations, operations analysis, purchasing and so on. Besides there are also specific technical areas in which a Business Manager can have specialized knowledge and skills like computer programming, e-commerce, law, science etc.

Even small businesses or home businesses sometimes typically have Managers doing multiple roles that focus on the company’s marketability and reach. In such a scenario, the Business Manager shares much of the owner’s duties and responsibilities in running the business successfully and in some cases, earning a share of the profits.

There is no doubt that the role of a Manager is very essential and crucial to a business. As we have seen in the modern era, even artists and private individuals like musicians, dancers, painters, writers, sportspersons etc. have Managers who manager their business affairs, professional commitments and financial matters. Hence, the role of a Manager cannot be taken lightly. In the context of a governmental agency or a military agency, the position of Business Manager would be equivalent to that of an Executive Officer or a Chief of Staff.

Functions or Role

Overseeing the operations in small, large or private enterprises involves many specific functions. Generally, the duties of a Business Manager extend to:

• Developing and implementing budgets
• Fixing business goals and targets
• Hiring, training and evaluating employees
• Supervising and overseeing duties of support staff
• Handling payments and contracts
• Managing business commitments, travel schedules etc.

Qualifications

Most Managers require a basic qualification of a bachelor’s degree in Business Management which has many in-built modules in tandem with the duties listed above. They also need to have excellent communication skills, great inter-personal relations, be adept in promotional and marketing abilities and have contacts with media agencies and networks. In many businesses, salespersons who have worked through the company for many years handling several responsibilities are promoted to Managers levels and entrusted with greater responsibility.

Public profile

In a private enterprise such as a Manager handling the portfolio of an artist or sportsperson, the role of a Business Manager is very much in the public eye. Several past business managers have been caught in financial and personal scandals ranging from negligence of professional commitments to fraudulent practices in financial matters, illegal and unethical management of assets, swindling of revenues etc. which can be a serious setback to professional enterprise.